Culver City Unified School District Superintendent Patricia Jaffe will retire from her position, effective June 30.
Jaffe, who was appointed to the position in 2011 after serving as the interim director for six months, made the announcement at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting, citing pension reforms as the main reason for her decision.
“I have been advised this is the year to retire before pension reform undermines my retirement benefits," Jaffe said.
"It breaks my heart after all the support I have received from the community and I will always be at CCUSD in spirit," she added. "I love this district, the teachers, the staff, the parents and, above all, the students. Our students are incredible and I have seen so many of them grow up and become wonderful successes. That's the part I will miss the most."
Board member Laura Chardiet told Patch after hearing the decision that she was still "in a bit of shock. We got that information a minute before we walked into the [board meeting Tuesday night]," Chardiet said.
Chardiet added that it may have appeared at Tuesday night's meeting that there wasn't much acknowledgement of Jaffe's decision but said, "I knew if I started to go there [and say something], I'd get upset and tearful and I know Patti is that type of person who is also prone to being sentimental. We just didn't want to make our mascara run."
Having worked with Jaffe for the past two years, Chardiet said, "We get along really well. I have a lot of admiration and respect for her."
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